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Black Women Seeking Bobsled Bonanza

USA Bobsled & Skeleton named its women’s bobsled national team for the 2017-18 season Saturday evening.

Two-time Olympic medalist Elana Meyers Taylor and 2014 Olympic bronze medalist Jamie Greubel Poser both had byes onto the national team based on their gold and bronze medals, respectively, from last season’s world championships, while Brittany Reinbolt earned the third women’s pilot spot, sweeping both national team trials races this week in Lake Placid, New York, for her second world cup season as a pilot.

The following six push athletes were named to the national team following national team trials and July’s push championships: Maureen Ajoku, Aja Evans, Lauren Gibbs, Briauna Jones, Kehri Jones and Lolo Jones. All six athletes own world cup and/or world championship medals and will battle it out over the next three months for up to three spots on the Olympic team.


Jemele Hill Returns To ESPN After Controversial Suspension

ESPN’s Jemele Hill returned to her hosting duties Monday night, two weeks after the network suspended her over political social media posts it says violated company policy.

She briefly addressed her absence at the start of her 6 p.m. “SportsCenter” show.

I love you,” Hill told co-host Michael Smith. “You’re my brother. Thank you for holding this down while I was gone.”

Earlier on Monday, she tweeted thanks to her fans for their support.

ESPN announced Hill’s two-week suspension on Oct. 9 after she spoke out against Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, who threatened to bench players who protest police brutality by not standing during the national anthem.

Jerry Jones also has created a problem for his players, specifically the black ones. If they don’t kneel, some will see them as sellouts,” Hill tweeted the day prior.

She also suggested that fans who disagreed with Jones’ stance stop buying Cowboys merchandise and boycott companies who buy advertising space from the team.

Those posts constituted a “second violation” of ESPN’s social media policy, the network said in a statement announcing her suspension.

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Last month, Hill tweeted that President Donald Trump “is a white supremacist who has surrounded himself with other white supremacists” and called him “the most ignorant, offensive president of my lifetime.”

Following Hill’s tweets about Trump, ESPN said her statements did not represent the network’s position and that it had addressed the issue with Hill.The suspension prompted backlash on social media, where many users defended Hill’s criticism of Jones and accused ESPN of prioritizing friendly relations with the NFL over standing by one of its journalists who called out racism in the sport.

But in a clip posted Saturday, Hill told TMZ Sports that she was on good terms with her employer and supported the network’s decision to suspend her.

I deserved a suspension,” Hill said.

I violated the policy. Going forward we’ll be in a good, healthy place,” she continued.


Colin Kaepernick Signs Million-Dollar Book Deal with Random House Imprint

*Colin Kaepernick has finally signed a contract.

The free agent NFL quarterback, who is still jobless after launching the current movement of NFL players protesting social injustice during the national anthem, has inked a book deal worth just over $1 million with Random House imprint One World, Page Six reports.

One World’s headed by Chris Jackson, who also published work by Jay-Z and Ta-Nehisi Coates. He launched One World last year.

Page Six previously reported that Kaepernick had been seen “taking meetings with publishers in the New York offices of WME” to shop the planned book.

He’s repped as an athlete by agent Carlos Fleming, and the book deal.

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